Casey Anthony, aquitted of the murder of her daughter despite what appeared to be a mountain of evidence, walked free Sunday. An entirely understandable reaction to this, when compared with what happened to Carlos Coy is "That's not fair!"
It's not fair; but anyone looking to a system set up and run by fallible human beings for fairness is going to be disappointed. The guilty scream for 'fairness'. The innocent demand justice. If Carlos Coy was unjustly convicted, no punishment at all can be 'fair'. By arguing for a lighter sentence based on the sentences of others, we accept the premise that the conviction was right and valid. DO NOT fall into that trap.
If SPM had been rightfully convicted, if his accusers had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he sexually assaulted a child, then we might be discussing the wisdom of sentencing a child molester to 45 years for a one-time offense. But that's not what happened, so that's not the issue. Coy was railroaded, convicted by a demonstrably corrupt regime with no physical evidence. THAT'S the issue that needs to be addressed.
There are people who would look at Coy's past and say "He may not be guilty of the crime he was convicted of, but it's fair for him to spend some time in jail after everything he's done."
Please, let's not settle for 'fair'. Let's demand justice.